Important Announcement about Nurse Aide Program Training and Blackout Period for Nurse Aide Testing
Although the NNAAP exam is not electronic, the registration and scheduling of the exam will be. Pearson VUE and the Virginia Board of Nursing are excited to announce that effective May 9, 2017, all Virginia nurse aide candidates will be able to register online and schedule their own examination(s). All existing information regarding Nurse Aide registration and testing will be transferred to a new server/platform. In order to test the transfer, there will be a short period of time in which no registration or testing can take place. This “blackout period” will be from April 22nd until May 9th. On May 9th, students will be able to register online and schedule their exams with a test date on or after May 19th.
Online Application Registration will:
- Eliminate the transit time associated with mailing a paper application
- Decrease the time it takes to get scheduled for an exam
- Avoid delays in scheduling due to illegible or incomplete applications – i.e. deficiencies
- Support efforts to reduce paper and take advantage of technology
As with all changes, there may be some concern but the advantages far outweigh the perceived disadvantages. All students will need the following 2 things before accessing the new system:
- A valid email address. If they don’t have one now, it can be obtained free of charge from gmail, aol, yahoo, msn, etc.
- An electronic form of payment. This includes a credit card, a debit card, a pre-paid card or other single-use card. It must be valid but may have another person’s name on it – i.e. parent or significant other. This will be used to pay for their exam. In lieu of a credit card, electronic vouchers can be purchased by the training program.
On-site training sessions for Instructors will take place in April at the following three locations:
April 18, 2017, from 9 am – 11 am at: Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth Campus, 120 Campus Drive, Portsmouth, VA 23701. It will be held in The Forum, Building A
April 19, 2017, from 9 am – 11 am at: Virginia Western Community College, 3091 Colonial Ave., SW, Roanoke, VA 24015. It will be held in the Fralin Center, Room HP210.
April 20, 2017, from 9 am – 11 am at: Virginia Department of Health Professions (Board of Nursing Office), 9960 Mayland Drive – Suite 200, Henrico, VA 23233, It will be held in Board Room 4 (2nd floor conference center).
Attendance at any of these sessions requires advanced registration. Please register on Survey Monkey using the link below. If you are unable to attend any of these sessions, the recorded webinar will be available.
New Controlled Substances CE Requirements for Nurse Practitioners
Nurse Practitioners must now obtain 2 hours of Type 1 (CAT I) continuing education (CE) in the 24 months prior to your next biennial renewal. It is the responsibility of the licensee to find and complete the CE activities. Please click here to read the FAQs related to Controlled Substances CE Requirements.
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Background checks for Massage Therapist
Effective January 1, 2017, the Virginia Board of Nursing will incorporate both state and federal criminal background checks as part of the application process for MASSAGE THERAPIST. This requirement applies to applicants by initial application, endorsement and reinstatement. Upon submission of an application, information on criminal background checks will be provided to the potential licensee. New Criminal Background Check Requirement for Licensure …read more
Changes to Nurse Aide Exam Score Reports
Starting January 1, 2016, nurse aide candidates will no longer receive their NNAAP exam results the day of their exam. Evaluators will not be permitted to distribute the score reports directly to the candidate. Each candidate will be required to bring a stamped, self-addressed envelope to be given to the evaluator during check-in. Once the candidate has finished their written and skills exam, they will leave the test site premises. After all tests are administered, the evaluator will mail the exam results at the nearest United States Postal Service mailbox. The candidates should receive their results the next business day.
If a candidate does not provide the evaluator with a stamped, self-addressed envelope, the results will be returned to Pearson VUE in Pennsylvania and mailed from there. This may take 7 to 10 business days for receipt by the candidate.
Any candidate who takes the NNAAP exam on January 2, 2016 or later will be subject to this change, whether or not they were informed by their training program. Any questions about this process can be directed to the Board of Nursing or Pearson VUE.
Zika Virus Task Force
Board of Nursing (BON) Executive Director Jay Douglas represents DHP and Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards on Governor McAuliffe’s newly established Zika Virus Task Force. Read more
View Governor McAuliffe’s February 26th press release
New Criminal Background Check Requirement for Licensure …read more
FSMTB & NCBTMB Reach Agreement: On October 3, 2014 The Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) and the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB) have worked cooperatively to reach an agreement that the NCBTMB will no longer provide examinations for licensure purposes. The Massage & Bodywork Licensing Examination (MBLEx) to be utilized as the sole licensure exam for the massage profession. Click here to read the full announcement on FSMTB's website, or click here to read the full announcement on NCBTMB's website. Click here for NCBTMB's frequently asked questions about this announcement.
NCSBN Learning Extension Courses available:
Public Health Information: Important Public Health Information from the Department of Health
Address of Record: Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence for either the official address of record or the public address. A post office box or a practice location is acceptable.
Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.
Extension of renewal requirements for deployed military and spouses: Virginia law allows active duty service people or their spouses who are deployed outside the U.S. to have an extension of time for any requirement or fee pertaining to renewal until 60 days after the person’s return from deployment. The extension cannot last beyond 5 years past the expiration date for the license. For more information, please read the policy and contact the applicable board for your license.
Duty to Report Adult Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation: More
The Adult Protective Services Program at the Virginia Department of Social Services is pleased to announce the availability of a new online educational opportunity for mandated reporters of abuse, neglect and exploitation of older or incapacitated individuals. This online training course has been developed for, and with the assistance of, mandated reporters and APS professionals to assist mandated reporters in understanding adult abuse and their responsibilities as mandated reporters. Read More...(word .doc)